Synthesis and Mechanical Properties of Advanced Polyimide/Silicon Dioxide Nanocomposites


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Hybrid inorganic-organic materials based on a polyimide (PI) and silicon dioxide (SiO2) were prepared previously only via sol-gel approach. However, sol-gel processes have some critical limitations. The primary drawback is that the resultant gel is extremely fragile and sol-gel process is complicated and costly. In this study, using SiO2 nanoparticles polyimide/SiO2 nanocomposites were synthesized from 4,4'-diaminodiphenyl ether (ODA) and 3,3',4,4'-benzophenonetetracarboxylic dianhydride (BTDA). A coupling agent, 3-glycidyloxyporpl trimethoxysilane (GTMOS), was used to functionalize the SiO2 nanoparticles which enhanced the compatibility between polyimide and SiO2 nanoparticles. The microstructures of polyimide/SiO2 nanocomposites were characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) and wide angle X-ray diffraction (WAXD). All the polyimides show typical noncrystalline X-ray diffraction. The frequent occurrence of particular interatomic distances (R) denoted by the noncrystalline WAXD maxima were determined. All the modulus, strength and fracture strain of polyimide were improved with 5 wt% SiO2 modified with the coupling agent.



Materials Science Forum (Volumes 561-565)

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Q. X. Zhang et al., "Synthesis and Mechanical Properties of Advanced Polyimide/Silicon Dioxide Nanocomposites", Materials Science Forum, Vols. 561-565, pp. 709-712, 2007

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October 2007




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